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Soriano Brings the Power, as Yankees Win Third Straight


Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The New York Yankees offense has been hampered by injuries and like a rare break from the humid New York summer weather, it seems to come and go as it pleases, but on Tuesday night it came back with a vengeance, as every Pinstripes’ batter got a hit in a 14-7 shellacking over the Los Angeles Angels.

The two teams combined to hit five home runs for a total of 21 runs scored, but it was Yankees’ left-fielder Alfonso Soriano who went to the depths of the ballpark twice to ensure that the Bombers would come away with their third straight win for the first time in over a month.

The Angels led 3-2 going into the top of the fifth inning on the strength of Mark Trumbo’s 26th home run off Yankees’ starter CC Sabathia to make it 2-0, adding an extra run in the top of the third inning for a 3-1 lead off two New York fielding errors and a walk that scored Angels’ designated hitter J.B. Shuck.

Sabathia [10-10] managed to hold on to win his first start since July 3rd at Minnesota, snapping a career-high-tying six-start winless streak.

“I felt like I had pretty good stuff,” said Sabathia, who gave up two earned runs off three hits in six innings. “I got into some trouble and I was able to make the pitches and get outs but it was just a battle.”

The Yankees took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning on a two-run homer, the first of the game for Soriano, and his fourth as a Yankee off Angels’ starter Jason Vargas on a 1-1 pitch into left-field.

Vargas [6-5] picked up the loss, allowing four earned runs off eight hits in 4.1 innings pitched. Vargas gave up two home runs, including a solo-shot to former Angel Vernon Wells [his 11th] in the bottom of the second inning that made it 2-1 L.A.

“I thought his [Jason Vargas] stuff looked good. I think he threw the ball a little better than maybe some things are going to show,” said Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia. “He’s building into a little bit of stamina and he’ll be better next time.”

Vargas is now 0-4 in eight career starts against the Yankees.

New York tacked on four more runs off Angels’ reliever Michael Kohn in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead 8-3 on a ground-out RBI by Eduardo Nunez, a Soriano RBI-single into right center-field, and a two-RBI double by Alex Rodriguez.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the runs just kept on pouring down for the New York offense, as the Yankees put another four on the scoreboard to lead 12-3, including a three-run homer by Soriano.

“It feels more like the old days,” said Soriano, who played for the Yankees previously from 1999-2003 before being traded to Texas for Alex Rodriguez.

Soriano’s seventh inning dinger was his fifth as a Yankee and his second of the game, as the left-fielder finished the night 3-for-6, driving in a career-high six runs.

The Yankees scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead 14-3 until the Angels scored four runs off newly called-up pitching prospect Dellin Betances in the top of the ninth to end the game with a final score of 14-7, Yankees.

“We got behind tonight and were able to come back, and we were able to tack on runs and put up 10 runs in three innings and that’s something we haven’t done a whole lot of this year,” Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi said. “It is encouraging.”

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